Interviewing can be really stressful when you have to interview over lunch or dinner. As well as having to answer interview questions, you have to remember your manners. Do you know the best menu items to order? How about what to do with your napkin if you get up from the table? What about the bill and the tip?
If you don't remember to say thank you, eat with your mouth open, order the moxt expensive item on the menu, or make another dining faux pas, it will count against you. On the other hand, good manners may give you the edge over another candidate, so, take some time to brush up your dining etiquette skills.
It's also important to take the time to send a thank you note after the interview. That will help you make a good impression, too.
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